Author of the Week - Jim Murphy

Jim Murphy is an award-winning author of non-fiction books for all ages. Born in New Jersey, Jim credits his childhood explorations as his inspiration and questioning of the world around him. Never much of a reader, Jim preferred to play as a kid, until a teacher forbade her students to read. With such reverse psychology tactics, Jim began to gobble up any book he could grab. Jim went on to college, not straying far from his home attending Rutgers University. Eventually Jim got a job working in children's book publishing, starting as a secretary and working his way up the ladder to Managing Editor. Jim always had many interests, quirky to some, and working in publishing made Jim aware that he could write his own books, non-fiction in nature that would appeal to young readers. Two of his books, An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic in 1793 and The Great Fire both won Newbery Awards. His other books, many of which have won numerous awards, include A Savage Thunder, Truce, Desperate Journey, The Boys' War, Blizzard, and The Real Benedict Arnold.Today Jim continues to live in New Jersey, with his wife, and sons.